What does lowly mean?

Definitions for lowly
ˈloʊ lilow·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humble, low, lowly, modest, smalladjective

    low or inferior in station or quality

    "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"

  2. junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subalternadjective

    inferior in rank or status

    "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"

  3. humble, menial, lowlyadjective

    used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

  4. base, baseborn, humble, lowlyadjective

    of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

    "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"


  1. lowlyadverb

    In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly.

  2. lowlyadverb

    In a low condition; meanly.

  3. lowlyadjective

    Not high; not elevated in place; low.

  4. lowlyadjective

    Low in rank or social importance.

  5. lowlyadjective

    Not lofty or sublime; humble.

  6. lowlyadjective

    Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free from pride.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lowlyadjective

    Etymology: from low.

    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart. Matt. xi. 29.

    He did bend to us a little, and put his arms abroad: we of our parts saluted him in a very lowly and submissive manner, as looking that from him we should receive sentence of life or death. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    With cries they fill’d the holy fane;
    Then thus with lowly voice Ilioneus began. Dryden.

    The heavens are not pure in his sight, and he charges even his angels with folly; with how lowly a reverence must we bow down our souls before so excellent a being, and adore a nature so much superior to our own. John Rogers, Sermons.

    For from the natal hour distinctive names,
    One common right the great and low’y claims. Alexander Pope.

    For all who read, and reading not disdain,
    These rural poems, and their lowly strain,
    The name of Varus oft inscrib’d shall see. John Dryden, Silenus.

  2. Lowlyadverb

    Etymology: from low.

    I will shew myself highly fed, and lowly taught; I know my business is but to the court. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis better to be lowly born,
    And range with humble livers in content,
    Than to be perk’d up in a glist’ring grief,
    And wear a golden sorrow. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Heav’n is for thee too high
    To know what passes there; be lowly wise:
    Think only what concerns thee, and thy being. John Milton.

    Another crowd
    Preferr’d the same request, and lowly bow’d. Alexander Pope.


  1. lowly

    Lowly generally refers to something or someone of low rank, status, or importance. It can also suggest humility or modesty. In terms of position or status, it can infer someone inferior or subordinate in rank. When referring to conditions or things, it suggests something simple, unpretentious, or basic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lowlyadjective

    not high; not elevated in place; low

  2. Lowlyadjective

    low in rank or social importance

  3. Lowlyadjective

    not lofty or sublime; humble

  4. Lowlyadjective

    having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free from pride

  5. Lowlyadverb

    in a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly

  6. Lowlyadverb

    in a low condition; meanly

  7. Etymology: [Low, a. + -ly.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lowly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lowly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of lowly in a Sentence

  1. Lao Tzu:

    The highest goodness is like water. Water benefits all things and does not compete. It stays in the lowly places which others despise. Therefore it is near The Eternal.

  2. Jeffrey Jaensubhakij:

    Over the year, what we've seen is that for a long term, emerging markets are still quite lowly priced or reasonably priced, and earnings potential is also quite good. So from a long-term perspective, it's reasonably attractive.

  3. Charles Darwin:

    We must, however, acknowledge as it seems to me, that a man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by lowly murderers

  5. Lao Tzu:

    The best man is like water. Water is good it benefits all things and does not compete with them. It dwells in lowly places that all disdain. This is why it is so near to Tao.

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